With ANZAC day coming up here - and inspired by Lindsey's piece on peace (!!!) - I just wanted to show what homeschooling can do. Although we learned a lot about Dresden as part of a homeschooling project, Andrew's essay shows me that just talking about things informally at home, exposing kids to complicated ideas and encouraging to think about them, goes a long way.
It also shows that they ARE listening more than you think they are.
And that it is never too early to start teaching kids about peace!
I feel really lucky that Andrew's teacher is carrying on the same lessons at school that I teach at home. (And yes, Andrew wrote those last few pages himself. I was actually trying to get him to tone it down or even delete some of it but then realized that was crossing the line from editing to censorship. Hmmm....might be Andrew has the same preachy style as his mother! But then again he is only nine!)
Some photos have been omitted in the interests of time. It's Andrews WORDS that I am so proud of!
By Andrew Connor
|My Opa was born in the nearby town of Rathen two weeks after Dresden was bombed. |
(This is us visiting Rathen.)
|Before the bombing Dresden was as pretty as today. It has a famous Opera house. It has paintings by famous painters like Rafael. Martin Luther even studied there! (This is me near a statue of the great Martin Luther.)|
|Of course many people died. Some also survived. The survivors had even more pain than the already dead people of the bombed city of Dresden.|
|Dresden shows us all how terrible war is. How much pain it can cause, how deadly it is and how not fun it is. (This is the Elbe River that my Opa played and swam in as a little boy.)|